Discover All Different Types of Ear Piercings

By Ava Brown, September 18, 2016

Ear piercings have been around for a very long time, but it was not so long ago when people started exploring all the possible options to get their ears pierced. Although there is a possibility that people have tried many different ear piercings before, all those different types of ear piercings have got their recognizable names over the last century. Generally, these tiny little (or not so tiny) pieces of jewelry are a way of improving the appearance of people and expressing themselves. Different ear piercing types for different personalities, preferences, likes and dislikes.

Types of ear piercings

When deciding between types of cool ear piercings, the single most important thing is to decide what do you want to express with your new ear beautifiers. To do so, first you need to know all the different types of ear piercings that you could get. Having too many options may easily confuse a person who doesn’t know what does they want to express, but no worries, we’re here to help. Here’s a list of different ear piercings to help you make your selection.

Lobe Piercing

If you’re scared to get your ears pierced yet, then start with a simple, yet elegant looking ear lobe piercing. The lobe has always been the most popular area to pierce ears and that’s because it is the largest area and is less likely to infect, it’s easy to maintain, quick to heal and you won’t even feel it’s there. Lobe piercing is almost pain-free, as it doesn’t hurt more than a pinch. Since you can wear any jewelry you wish to, ear lobe easily makes the most popular ear piercing type.

Tragus Piercing

Tragus piercing is a popular type among teenagers and young adults, as it allows them to stand out from the crowd. This unique type of ear cartilage piercing is done on the entrance of the ear hole and when matched with beautiful and elegant gems, tragus piercing looks very elegant, sophisticated and glamorous. It is known to be highly prone to infections and irritation, but that can only be a consequence of improper care and maintenance. However, it can take up to 4 months to fully heal.

Daith Piercing

This secretive piercing is done on the innermost fold that’s located between the ear hole and the rook and adds style on your overall appearance. If you like ring-style earrings (such as ball closure rings, heart-shaped rings, etc.), daith piercing is your best choice. Due to its position and healing time, daith piercing is similar to the tragus piercing. In terms of pain and irritation troubles, daith piercing offers a small, but meaningful advantage. In terms of jewelry selection, tragus piercing wins, because daith piercing requires wearing only closed-style earrings in order to protect the other parts of your ear.

Rook Piercing

Rook piercing is indeed the most distinguishing type of ear piercing, but it is widely considered as the most painful type as well. Since this type of cartilage piercing is located on a pretty thick fold of cartilage, it must be done by a piercing specialist who has a vast of experience and knows the right amount of precision required for this sort of ear piercing. The recovery time can be anywhere from 2 months to a year, but if this look really suits you, the pain is a small price to pay.

Helix Piercing

If you want to express your inner rebel with a pair of earrings, there is no better location on your ear than the helix. In the 1990s and even early 2000s, many of the outcast teenagers were crazy about the helix piercing and in 2016, it is still among the most popular types of ear piercings. Located on the ear part closest to the head, helix piercing looks perfect with literally any type of earring and presents an opportunity for everyone to express whatever they want to. However, you should know that if you get this ear piercing, you’ll need to take a good care of your ear from 2 to 12 months.